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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh

Kasawari Lembeh Resort, Aug, 2009,

by Gene Huff, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 5082.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions but staying with the guide made sense as they knew where to find the small stuff. Most dives 70-75 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Fantastic camera room. Large, well-lit room with individual table space, electrical, towels and compressed air. Crew handles your camera gear very well.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Outstanding resort and diving operation. The resort is small with well maintained grounds and a pool. The villas are large and open with queen sized beds, spacious bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, and a porch. The dining room and small bar are above the reception area and camera rooms. Meals are ordered off a new, extensive menu featuring Indonesian, Thai and Western selections. All the food was excellent, restaurant quality and much better than typical resorts. Days started with contintental breakfast and order breakfast, first dive at 7:30, breakfast and order lunch (3 courses), 10:30 dive, lunch and order dinner (3 courses again), 2:30 dive, snack, afternoon or dusk dive if you wanted, snack, and then dinner. No one will ever go hungry!

Diving is done in groups of 4-6 off one of their 4 boats. No more than 4 per guide. We were lucky to have Ali the entire week our group of four was there. Indra and Honi assisted Ali. The boats are well designed for diving with easy exits and entries. Kasawari appeared to have by far the best designed dive boats that we saw in Lembeh. They take all your gear before you climb back on the ladder after your dive. After each dive we had warm, wet wash clothes followed by dry towels, and fruit and water or coffee on the boat. The crew handles all your gear, including wetsuits.

Kasawari is ideally located in the middle of the Lembeh sites. Most dives were 3-10 minutes away, the longest being 20 minutes. Their house reef is Jahir. We saw more critters in a typical day at Lembeh than a week on the Pelagian in Wakatobi. 10 pygmy seahorses on one fan, eight ghost pipefish (3 species) on one dive, so many sea moths, flamboyant cuttlefish and devil scorpionfish that we started to pass them by. Ali delivered on almost everything on our wish list. We did a couple of shore dives but that is not a focus for Kasawari so I would not plan on doing many. Nitrox is available at 32% and is reasonable, especially when bought in a package. Kasawari is a muck diver's dream, but those looking for big stuff and color with 100+ feet of visibility should go elsewhere.

I highly recommend Kasawari for those who want muck diving at its absolute best. The slightly higher price than the competition was worth it for us when the outstanding service, attention to divers' needs, and accomodations were considered. We'll be back.

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